02 April 2024

SEMINAR: Representing Justice: Aesthetics of Law and the Visual arts in Italy during the Fascist period (Stanford: Stanford Center for Law and History, 16 APR 2024 h. 12:45-2:00 PM Pacific), [IN PERSON AND ONLINE]

Professor Luigi Lacchè, Full Professor in Legal History at the University of Macerata, Department of Law and at the LUISS University, Dept. of Law, Rome, will present, "Representing Justice: Aesthetics of Law and the Visual arts in Italy during the Fascist period." Lacchè will present in-person but participants will be able to attend either in-person or online.


The paper aims at presenting some outcomes of a work in progress (a book) on Italian criminal justice during the fascist era. Justice is not usually considered among the most important pillars of the fascist regime. Conversely, I think that it played an important function in term of repression, consolidation and innovation. In particular, it is useful to understand what it was that justice represented for fascism, what kind of innovations the regime introduced, and why it introduced them, and how it tried to model a particular shape and intrinsically fascist representation of justice. This theme is multifaceted, therefore it is impossible to offer here a complete picture. In this paper I can only select one of the research perspectives, namely, the representations of justice that involve images and the aesthetics of law also. The new fascist justice and legislation (Rocco’s codes above all) needed new spaces in which to celebrate and represent the "justice regime" in line with the directives and cultural and "aesthetic" politics of fascism. If architecture is one of the most recurrent metaphor-images of law, it is in fact central also to the semantic system of fascist law.

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